SUBJECT, SCALE & PERSPECTIVE


A thought-provoking duet.

Choreography: James Gnam
Running time: 30 minutes

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Black Dance Floor, minimum stage area of 25' x 30', white cyclorama
Props: Microphone, microphone stand, projector, camera, tripod, dolly and music stand
Festival lighting plot, with five specials
25ft RCA cable
CD playback


Made possible with the generous support of the British Columbia Arts Council
BCAC



SLAM2


A highly physical and poetic trio.

Choreography: Serge Bennathan
Running time: 17 minutes

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Black Dance Floor, minimum stage area of 25' x 30'
Props: Microphone hung downstage left on quarter
Festival lighting plot, with five specials
Hazer
CD playback


"Former Torontonian and current Vancouverite Serge Bennathan's Slam2 is his take on the biblical Prodigal Son. Vanessa Goodman, Jane Osborne and Leigha Wald each take turns narrating the story into a dangling microphone on an empty stage. To [Bertrand Chénier]'s menacing soundscape, the three dancers execute Bennathan's bruising trademark athleticism. It is a maelstrom of emotions and these young dancers look very strong in the telling."

PAULA CITRON, The Globe and Mail, July 18/09
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Made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts
Canada Council for the Arts



Caesura


This duet is inspired by the literary term referring to a pause that breaks up a line of verse. Caesura creates an intricate moving conversation punctuated by the many ways we take pause in our daily lives.

Choreography: Justine A. Chambers
Running time: 13 minutes

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Black dance floor, minimum stage area of 25' x 30'
Festival lighting plot
CD playback




Strathcona High Class of '56


This dance-theatre trio explores the sexual repression of the 1950's, taking the audience on an emotionally tumultuous journey in four distinct movements.

Choreography: The Contingency Plan
Running time: 10 minutes

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Black Dance Floor, minimum stage area of 16' x 16'
Props: Flower bouquet & banner provided by The Contingency Plan
Festival lighting plot
CD playback


"At once hedonistic and merry, this piece was a prime example of storytelling through movement rather than words... three women in pastel dresses, be-ribboned and wrapped in bright satin like party favours break into a finely choreographed selection of 1950s dances, from Bop to Jitterbug. They are a delight to watch: as they deftly paraphrase the movements of a bygone era, one can clearly see the patterns of past social mores. The girls are prim and ladylike as they enter. When they dance, they are suddenly both coy and brash ... Hindsight is 20/20, and in this piece we can clearly see the ways that female sexuality has been socially managed... the once dutiful daughters have become wild Bacchantes. Stripping down to their lacy underthings, they storm in a circle around the stage, beating on imaginary drums and shaking imaginary horns, like wood sprites or Shakespearean witches on a heath. The piece was an audience favorite, and the performers left the stage to whistles, hoots, and wild applause."

KIRSTIE MCCALLUM, Plank Magazine, August 14/09



ADHERE


A trio that layers movement, text and an atmospheric soundtrack to explore the countless ways we experience being alone and the struggle we face between belonging within ourselves and outside in the world.

Choreography: The Contingency Plan with guest artist Lina Fitzner
Running time: 30 minutes

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

Black Dance Floor, minimum stage area of 25' x 30'
Props: Three polycarbonate boxes
Festival lighting plot, with five specials
CD playback


Made possible with the generous support of the British Columbia Arts Council and
The Firehall Arts Centre

BCAC Firehall
Leigha Wald
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